Month: June 2019

8th FOSS Forum

THE 8th Forum of Small States (FOSS) Fellowship Programme took place from 1st to 5th April 2019. Singapore hosted the study visit by 11 Ambassadors (pictured above) accredited to the UN Office at Geneva or based in London. They exchanged views and experiences with Singapore’s leaders and policy makers on international developments, including the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. Government agencies also briefed them on Singapore’s approach towards sustainable development, urban development, maritime affairs, civil aviation, building social harmony, overcoming inequality, education, and governance. Note: FOSS was founded by Singapore in 1992 as an informal forum at the...

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Official Visit: FM George Katrougalos Comes to Singapore

  Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Hellenic Republic (Greece) George Katrougalos Visited Singapore from 28 to 30 May 2019 Minister Katrougalos paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. They welcomed strengthening ties between Singapore and Greece. They also had a wide-ranging discussion on regional and international developments.   Minister Katrougalos was also hosted a breakfast by Minister for Foreign Affairs Dr Vivian Balakrishnan. They reaffirmed the warm and friendly bilateral relations, as well as a shared commitment as outward looking maritime nations to free trade, multilateralism and international law. The Ministers also looked forward to the entry into force of the EU-Singapore Free Trade Agreement  (EUSFTA).    The Ministers later inaugurated the official opening of the Embassy of Greece in Singapore and signed the Singapore-Greece Avoidance of Double Taxation Agreement. ...

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Congratulations to…. in the Month of May

May was a special month for congratulating many nations with statesmen who won elections (Australia, India, Indonesia and South Africa); also in order are congratulations for the two coronations held in Japan and Thailand. Singapore leaders were kept busy sending good wishes on behalf of Singaporeans to all. Some of the highlights… HM King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun of the Kingdom of  Thailand President Halimah Yacob has written a congratulatory letter to His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun of the Kingdom of Thailand on the occasion of His Majesty’s Coronation. In her congratulatory message the President said, “ Singapore and...

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India’s Participation at IMDEX – 15th May 2019 at Changi Naval Base

The Indian Navy’s INS Kolkata and INS Shakti visited Singapore  to participate in the IMDEX 2019 and 26th annual bilateral exercise SIMBEX 2019.” Regular participation by the Indian Navy in the IMDEX and SIMBEX reflects the importance India attaches to the exercises and the broader strategic partnership with Singapore, and it also reaffirms its Act East Policy, said the High Commissioner of India in Singapore HE Javed Ashraf who was  addressing a gathering at a reception on board INS Kolkata. INS Kolkata is an advanced stealth destroyer capable of engaging multiple threats from the air, sea and underwater, and...

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